The celebrities of Mount Carmel Cemetery

About 20 miles west of Chicago, in Hillside, IL, lies a huge plot of land. It’s Mount Carmel Cemetery and it’s the final resting place of many famous characters whom most of us know from history and through numerous books, movies and TV series that feature their lives. Here’s a little selection of photos of the graves of the most famous people buried at Mount Carmel, and directions to them, should you be in the neighborhood. You can click on the photos to view them larger.

The Capone family gravesite.

The Capone family gravesite.

The final resting place of Alphonse Capone, a long-time leader of the Chicago Outfit.

The final resting place of Alphonse Capone, a long-time leader of the Chicago Outfit.

Al Capone’s grave is in section 34. When you enter the cemetery from Roosevelt Rd (IL 38), turn right and drive on for some 50 yards, and there it is on the right.

The O'Banion family gravesite.

The O’Banion family gravesite.

The grave of Dean (Dion) O'Banion, a leader of the North Side Gang and a bitter rival of Al Capone—who eventually had him killed.

The grave of Dean (Dion) O’Banion, a leader of the North Side Gang and a bitter rival of Al Capone—who eventually had him killed.

The O’Banion gravesite is in Section L. When you enter from Roosevelt Rd, drive straight ahead for about quarter of a mile. The gravesite is on the left, about where there’s a round chapel on the right.

Earl "Hymie" Weiss was yet another leader of the North Side Gang. He was also one of the guys who tried to take out Johnny Torrio, forcing him to retire and thus ensuring of the rise of Al Capone. And like O'Banion, he, too, was killed on Al Capone's orders.

Earl “Hymie” Weiss was yet another leader of the North Side Gang. He was also one of the guys who tried to take out Johnny Torrio, forcing him to retire and thus ensuring of the rise of Al Capone. And like O’Banion, he, too, was killed on Al Capone’s orders.

Hymie Weiss’s grave is just a few yards north of O’Banion’s. Located in Section K. If you parked right beside O’Banion’s grave, leave the car there, walk ahead past the next intersection, continue for a few yards, and there it is, on the left.

Sam Giancana was one of the later bosses of the Chicago Outfit, the group created and run by Johnny Torrio and Al Capone. There's a legend that Joe Kennedy might've asked him help get his son elected president.

Sam Giancana was one of the later bosses of the Chicago Outfit, the group created and run by Johnny Torrio and Al Capone. There’s a legend that Joe Kennedy might’ve asked him help get his son elected president.

Giancana’s grave is in section 38. Enter from Roosevelt, take the second left, drive until the road ends with a fence and a building, and turn right. Drive until the next intersection, and there it is, on the left.

The Nitti (Nitto) family gravesite.

The Nitti (Nitto) family gravesite.

Frank Nitti (born Francesco Nitto) was Al Capone's number 2 and the later front man of the Chicago Outfit.

Frank Nitti (born Francesco Nitto) was Al Capone’s number 2 and the later front man of the Chicago Outfit.

This one is very easy to find. Again, enter from Roosevelt Rd, turn left, and there it is, on the right. The gravesite says Nitto, as was the family’s original name.

Of course, Dennis Farina wasn't an organized crime figure, but he managed to play his fair share of them in movies and on TV. Of course, he also played his fair share of cops, just to balance it out.

Of course, Dennis Farina wasn’t an organized crime figure, but he managed to play his fair share of them in movies and on TV. Of course, he also played his fair share of cops, just to balance it out.

Thankfully, Dennis Farina’s gravesite now has a headstone. When I visited the cemetery last December, the grave was still unmarked. It’s located in section 41, block 21, lot 6, grave 1—yes, that precise; however, it’s one of the hardest to give directions to. From Roosevelt Rd, take the second left, drive until the road ends with a fence and a building, and turn right. Go past Giancana’s grave and continue until the next intersection. The grave is located on the left just across the intersection, but you have to look for it, because there is no big tombstone.

And to make things easier, I’ve also drawn a map. Clicking on it will take you to a special Google map, where all the graves are marked for easy finding.

Google Maps custom map pointing to these famous graves at Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Google Maps custom map pointing to these famous graves at Mount Carmel Cemetery.

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